Susan M. Abrams, M.A.CCC-SLP is the founder and director of CCL. She is a pediatric Speech – Language Pathologist with over thirty years experience evaluating and treating children with speech, language and social learning disorders in Montgomery County. She is certified by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the State of Maryland in speech language pathology. She holds a Masters of Arts in Speech Pathology from Hofstra University and a Masters of Education in Counseling from George Washington University.
She is recognized as one of Maryland’s most respected therapists in the area of social thinking having completed the Social Thinking clinical training program with Michelle Garcia Winner CCC-SLP, in San Jose, California. She has presented at the Social Thinking Providers Conference, most recently in 2013 with Dr Judith Glasser, PhD. on Social Thinking Meets CBT. In addition, she has completed the NDT certificate course and treats children with neurological challenges. She has also trained in the areas of pre-speech and feeding with nationally and internationally known speech language pathologist Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D. and provides therapies in these areas.
Susan is the founder of Parent University, which sponsors dynamic speakers in the fields of health, psychology and education for the community. Be Social Kids Workshops is a unique program she developed to provide families with a toolbox for assisting their children to navigate the social world.
She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA), and the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA). She is a recipient of ASHA’s ACE Award for excellence in continuing education, dedicating a commitment to lifelong learning. In addition to her clinical expertise, she has been an adjunct instructor at the Johns Hopkins University.
Randi Rosenblatt, M.A., CCC-SLP – is a Speech-Language Pathologist with over ten years experience. She is certified by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the State of Maryland in speech language pathology. She holds a Masters of Arts in Speech Pathology from George Washington University.
Randi is PROMPT trained and enjoys using these skills while working with children with apraxia and other articulation disorders. She has presented at the Social Thinking Providers Conference and leads the Be Social Summer Camp.
Randi’s work is focused on toddlers to pre-teens, assessing and treating a wide variety of speech and language disorders. Her clinical experience includes: apraxia, articulation, phonology, augmentative communication, language, and social thinking groups. She has worked in varied settings including private, public schools and in the home.
Linda Austein, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL is a Speech-Language Pathologist and an American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Board Certified Specialist in Child Language. She is certified by ASHA and licensed in Maryland and Virginia in speech-language pathology. Linda has over thirty years of experience in pediatric speech-language pathology, upon receiving her Masters in Arts degree in Speech Pathology from Case Western Reserve University. Ms. Austein’s areas of expertise and professional focus for children and adolescents include: Spoken Language, Reading, and Written Language, all related to the diagnosis and treatment of curriculum-based, language – learning disabilities. She has training, expertise and experience in the provision of specialized, systematic, research- based programs in reading and written language. She specializes in providing social thinking literacy programs. Linda has expertise and considerable experience in all areas of the IEP process. Finally, she also consults for families whose children attend private schools. She holds the ACE award from ASHA signifying excellence in continuing education.
Robin Ballou M.S. CCC-SLP is an American Speech, Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified and Maryland licensed Speech Language Pathologist. She has been a practicing speech language pathologist since 1994 in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics and schools. She received her undergraduate degree at Cortland State University of New York and her Master of Science at Nazareth College of Rochester, New York. Her areas of expertise include oral motor and feeding therapy and autism. She currently is a speech language pathologist in the Infant and Toddler Program in the public schools. Robin brings a unique perspective, being a parent of a child who has benefitted from early intervention.
Samantha Pannone, M.A. CCC-SLP is an American Speech, Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified and Maryland licensed Speech Language Pathologist. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park in Speech Pathology and earned a graduate certification in Bilingual Special Education from George Washington University. Samantha’s passion is in working with young children and adolescents in the areas of articulation and language disorders, English Language Learning, fluency disorders, alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), and social pragmatic language challenges. In addition to working at The Center for Communication and Learning, she also works in the public schools.
Beth Solomon, M.S., CCC-SLP, consultant to CCL, who is also the Chief of the Speech Language Pathology Section of Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the NIH Clinical Center. She earned her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology at Columbia University in New York. Beth is certified by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and by the State of Maryland in speech – language pathology and has been practicing for over twenty years. Her clinical practice and primary areas of interest include the assessment and management of oral motor and swallowing of medically complex infants and children, rehabilitation of speech and swallowing in head and neck cancer, treatment of voice disorders and craniofacial anomalies. At NIH, Beth is currently involved in a host of research protocols related to critical syndromes and diseases. In addition, she has been recognized as an Infant and Toddler Specialist by the Governor’s Office for Children and Youth and Families in the State of Maryland and she has earned prestigious professional appointments and awards, including the National Institutes of Health Directors Award.